MyMedicalShopper and Alegeus Partner to Lower Healthcare Costs for Millions of Americans

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Industry leaders partner to bring price transparency to more than 30 million U.S. consumers

Mark Galvin, CEO of MyMedicalShopper, discusses how MyMedicalShopper's partnership with Alegeus will impact healthcare consumers.

“Our partnership with Alegeus allows employers and their employees to compare prices for medical services while also managing their payment and spending options. It’s a solution that allows normal market forces to operate within the U.S. healthcare system."

MyMedicalShopper today announced a partnership with Alegeus, the market leader in consumer-directed healthcare (CDH) solutions. More than 300 health insurance plan and third-party administrator clients leverage the Alegeus platform to deliver benefit accounts (HSAs, FSAs, HRAs) for more than 30 million consumers.

As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, employers are left to pay an average of 82% of their employees’ healthcare plan premiums(1), and are seeking value-based solutions that help keep costs down. Third-party administrators that want to help employers cut costs can now look to MyMedicalShopper and Alegeus to empower consumers to take control of their healthcare spending with innovative medical price transparency tools integrated into their healthcare benefit account experience. This gives consumers the ability to compare prices across multiple providers within their geographic region and to shop using their tax-advantaged accounts.

“Consumer directed healthcare accounts are the foundation for how consumers will get more value from their healthcare dollars,” said Steven Auerbach, Alegeus CEO. “Integrating tools, such as the MyMedicalShopper cost comparison tool, expand the value of the accounts by helping consumers spend and save their healthcare dollars more wisely.”

Rates for healthcare services vary by provider, insurance coverage, and the actual service provided—among other factors. Keeping these prices inaccessible up-front hurts consumers and employers. Due to the diverse and unpredictable mix of healthcare rates, U.S. employers can expect their healthcare costs to increase by as much as 5.5% in 20182.

Mark Galvin, CEO of MyMedicalShopper, says, “Our partnership with Alegeus allows employers and their employees to compare prices for medical services while also managing their payment and spending options. It’s a solution that allows normal market forces to operate within the U.S. healthcare system. Tools like this are instrumental in initiating positive changes to reduce healthcare spending and could help save as much as $1 trillion annually. As more Americans realize the value of consumer price transparency and financial management, this type of technology will help drive cost savings.”

About MYMEDICALSHOPPER:

MMS Analytics, Inc. dba MyMedicalShopperTM is a big data company with big dreams for healthcare. Co-founder and CEO Mark Galvin gave rise to the company out of the need to provide consumers and companies who provide healthcare benefits to their employees with transparency—the leverage needed to make solid decisions on their healthcare and improve their quality of life. Consumers previously unaware of price variations in procedures and testing utilize real-time health insurance plan pricing information that makes it possible to choose care based on price, quality, and convenience. Experts document that as much as $1 trillion could be slashed annually from the cost of healthcare in the U.S. Their goal is to transform the healthcare industry into a fair market for consumers. For more information visit http://www.MyMedicalShopper.com.

1.    “What Percentage of Health Insurance Do Employers Pay?” Accounting Tips, Training, and News, 18 Oct. 2017, http://www.patriotsoftware.com/payroll/training/blog/what-percentage-health-insurance-employers-pay-how-much/.
2.    Miller, Stephen. “Health Premiums Expected to Rise 5.5% in 2018, Driving Cost Management Steps.” SHRM, SHRM, 11 Apr. 2018, http://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/employers-benefits-costs-rise.aspx.

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